Crunch time is now for the wrestling season and the Duncan Demons just came off a fifth place finish at the Mustang Invitational this past weekend and the team beat rival Altus Bulldogs 72-12 this past Tuesday.
Starting off a week that will see two duals and a tournament, the Demons 106 wrestler Tag Ensey came out and made a statement by scoring some near falls and takedowns going into the second period.
Ensey scored the fall victory over his opponent at the 3:25 mark to give the Demons the first points of the dual.
The next Duncan wrestler made quick work of his opponent.
Kooper Kelly, in the 113 division, got two takedowns with the second one early in the first period being all he needed to get the fall victory 1:17 into the first period of the match to take the 12-0 lead.
Riley Hunter was up next for the Demons and he didn’t even need a minute to win his match as he got a takedown that resulted in a fall victory :47 seconds into the matchup.
Paeton Dial fought hard against a state placer in Lane Snapp, however Snapp secured the first victory for Altus by scoring a fall victory early in the second period.
State-runner up from last year Connor Riddles was up next and made quick work for the Demons after scoring a fall victory 51 seconds into the matchup.
A forfeit victory in the 138 division gave the Demons the 30-6 lead as Dayton Cross was the next wrestler for Duncan and he also made quick work of his opponent.
Cross got the fall victory 53 seconds into the matchup to make the lead at 36-6. Then came Nathan Hudson, who had to go to the second period in his matchup.
Hudson took a 5-0 lead at the end of one period and 54 seconds into the second period, he got the fall victory to put Duncan up 42-6 over Altus.
Caden Montgomery took the next fall victory for the Demons going up 4-0 on two takedowns and then scoring a fall 1:26 into the first period to lead 48-6.
The next three weight divisions were forfeits as Duncan got two wins and Altus got one win to make it 60-12 in favor of the Demons.
Stephen Culberson, wanting some mat time, took his match all three periods before getting the fall victory.
Chance Brooksher was the final wrestler for Duncan and got a quick fall victory to win the dual.
Duncan Demons’ Assistant Coach Ashton Cooper, after the dual, felt excited about the victory over the rival and the start of a busy week.
“Altus is one of main rivals and no matter what, the sport is always intense and the energy wasn’t like it was going to be the score,” Cooper said. “We just kept wrestling well and wrestling for each other and put it on them. That’s a team effort there.”
Cooper was proud of several of the wrestlers, like Dial, who competed really hard despite the loss and praised the effort shown.
“We are working hard and it will be a busy week for us and Carl Albert is like a 5A State Tournament, so it is nice to have an early victory heading into that,” Cooper said. “It showed at Mustang this past weekend. We struggled against Edmond Memorial because we haven’t had that many matches. We are preaching to the boys that every second on the mat, you have to take advantage of it.”
Wrestling against Del City starting at 3 p.m. Jan. 14 at their place, Duncan will turn around after that dual to appear in the Carl Albert Tournament, which begins Friday and lasts until Saturday.